Here is our Sthapati's design for the future mandapam that will honor and memorizlize Gurudeva's 1975 visions of Lord Siva, with the Swayambhu Lingam he found at the center. On the ceiling we plan to have nine giant paintings which will be similar to such paintings you have all seen in the great temples of India.
For this series, we have been blessed to find and commission one of the great masters of India, a Kerala muralist who will do them all. He has been busy during 2009 with a giant exhibition in New Delhi, but he just wrote to say that is over and he is full-time on our paintings until they are done!
To give you an inkling of just how remarkable a talent he is, take this drawing which we gave him describing Gurudeva's psychic conversation with a wild guava tree on that life-changing day in February of 1975. From that sketch. . . . .
he created this masterpiece. Notice the fiery mountain range above, and the Wailua River flowing across the page in the upper third, and the five lingam stones lying hidden in the jungle ready to be discovered. The guava tree dances in the windless air, a tree and yet more than a tree.
"Upon reentering earthly consciousness, I felt certain that the great stone was somewhere on our monastery land and set about to find it. Guided from within by my satguru, I hired a bulldozer and instructed the driver to follow me as I walked to the north edge of the property that was then a tangle of buffalo grass and wild guava." . . . . . Suresh produced this. Look at the mountains at the top, the Wailua River running across the upper third (with turtle and fish), the five stones hidden in the jungle and the talking tree, dancing in the windless air. Here is Gurudeva's description of the moment:
"I hacked my way through the jungle southward as the bulldozer cut a path behind me. After almost half a mile, I sat down to rest near a small tree. Though there was no wind, suddenly the tree's leaves shimmered as if in the excitement of communication. I said to the tree, 'What is your message?'"
"In reply, my attention was directed to a spot just to the right of where I was sitting. When I pulled back the tall grass, there was a large rock the self-created Linga on which Lord Siva had sat. A stunningly potent vibration was felt. "
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.